21 February 2013

Nigeria: FG Plans UN Jobs for Skilled Corps Members

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Federal Government, under an arrangement with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will recruit young professionals that will work on a variety of UN programmes in various parts of the world.

Jonathan who disclosed this at the Batch B passing out parade of National Youth Service Corps in Lagos said this would expose the youths and make them serve as Nigerian ambassadors not only in the international civil service, but also in many other respect.

He explained that those who will be privileged to get the job are those who have given themselves to acquire professional skills, urging corps members to reduce the level of unemployment in the country by engaging in skills acquisition programmes.

Skill acquisition programmes

Speaking through Dr Wale Ahmed, Commissioner for Special Duties and Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Jonathan said this administration remains focused on youth empowerment, which will be pursued, using the platforms of the various employment programmes.

"The NYSC scheme has over the years contributed immensely to the growth and development of our country. Apart from fostering national unity and integration, the scheme has become a veritable tool for the implementation of very important national developmental programmes.

"This administration remains resolute in tackling the issues of insecurity and corruption headlong to ensure that there is a conducive atmosphere for sustainable economic growth that will result in the greater Nigeria we all dream and hope for."

Meanwhile, no fewer than five corps members have lost their lives during their service year in Lagos State, even as 28 of them were to repeat their service year for various offences committed.

Delivering her farewell address during the 2012 Batch 'A' NYSC passing out ceremony at Iyana-Ipaja Orientation Camp, the Coordinator, NYSC, Lagos, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi said that out of 4,528 corps members in batch 'A', five lost their lives while 28 of them are to face disciplinary actions.

She said; "28 corps members will face disciplinary actions ranging from two to four months extension of service to repetition of service year."

Adeyemi, however, explained that the purpose of the disciplinary actions was to serve as a deterrent to incoming corps members who will not live by rules and regulations that guide the scheme.

Giving a break down of the 4,528 corps members, the State Coordinator said 4,528 corps members comprising 1,486 males and 3,042 females are being disengaged from service.

Adeyemi, who took up the leadership of NYSC, May 2012, said since assumption of office a year ago, she has ensured that basic amenities with the support of the state government are provided adding that right now, renovations of the NYSC buildings are ongoing to prepare for the next batch.

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